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3 billion USD worth defence purchases made on emergency mode !

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  1. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    The shopping from Russia and Israel is ongoing even as deliveries have begun.

    18/01/2017 7:47 PM IST | Updated 11 hours ago
    Sudhi Ranjan Sen Deputy Editor (News)

    REUTERS
    In a move with tremendous strategic import, India has been on a secretive weapons shopping spree on an emergency footing, buying up anti-tank missiles, tank engines, rocket launchers and various kinds of ammunition, from Israel and Russia. The purchases amount to more than $3 billion, persons close to the development said, asking not to be named. Deliveries have begun even as new orders are still being placed.

    From Russia, India has bought a few thousand anti-tank guided missiles, several T-90 tank engines and critical tank components. The Russia-made T-90 is the Indian Army's mainstay battle tank. The Russia list also includes multi-barrel rocket launchers that operate with the artillery against advancing columns and soft skinned targets, and large quantity of various kinds of ammunition.

    From Israel, India is getting sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles and several thousand missiles, mainly for the Indian Navy.

    HuffPost India is withholding the exact nature and quantity of the arms and ammunition because of its sensitive nature. But to give a broad idea, the purchases are to shore up the stocks of the Indian Army and the Indian Navy. They include high explosive bombs, protective armour for troop-carrying vehicles and tanks, and anti-personnel grenade launchers, among other things.

    Top sources in the government confirmed that two separate teams of an "empowered committee" led by senior officials were rushed to Russia and Israel towards the close of 2016 to make these "off-the-shelf purchases"—a procedure of buying resorted to only when there is an emergency. Empowered committees can take on-the-spot decisions to buy and negotiate prices, cutting down lengthy negotiation processes.

    Much of the equipment that India decided to buy is now on its way. They are being airlifted in special flights from various ports in Russia and Israel to India.

    Top military sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity cited the situation across the border and the aggressive maneuvering by the Pakistan military after the surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir by the Indian Special Forces as reasons for the emergency purchases. "It is wise to be prepared," a senior officer said. Others senior officials accepted that stocks of some very critical war fighting items need to be increased. "The emergency purchases are aimed at replenishing and maintaining a minimum level of preparedness for any eventuality," a senior official at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

    The MoD did not offer a comment for this article.

    Speaking to the media earlier this month, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat had said that level of "hollowness" in the Indian Army—a military term to describe both lack of stocks of critical items and obsolescence in weapon platforms—"in case of a two-front war is of concern." A two-front war is a situation where India will have to engage Pakistan and China simultaneously. He went on to add that the military was comfortably stocked to handle the proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir. The government has also given more financial powers to the military to buy critical equipment, he said.

    Sources also said that another empowered committee is headed to Russia to procure items for Indian Air Force. The Indian Air Force too suffers from hollowness and deficiencies.

    http://m.huffingtonpost.in/2017/01/...s-just-bought-3-billion-worth-of-emergency-w/

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  2. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    I see this as a result of our Intel that a very large number of terrorists are waiting in launch pads , and Army would be doing another Strike to clear the scum soon.

    @PARIKRAMA
     
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    we import ammo? :butcher::facepalm:
     
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    stephen cohen Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Somebody PLEASE Post this on the Enemy Forum

    Spoil their Day in the Morning itself :biggthumpup:
     
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    [​IMG]
    India Today has reported this before.
     
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    PARIKRAMA Angel or Devil? Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Getting slowly slowly ready for some decisive action..
    With more infiltration and more casualties, pressure will be in IA and IAF/IN to give a befitting reply..

    That's why we will see an escalation as and when there is a just cause.. the "jihad" from Indian forces context will surely happen.. I hope our neighbours know clearly that any stupidity move will lead to what kind of problems.. but probably they won't learn like always..
     
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    In simple words BAJWA Ki BAJAO :cheesy:
     
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    What helicopter based anti tank we are ordering?What happened to Helina?
     
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    Helina is still far from induction
     
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    what a plan for a surgical strike ji..:lol:

    seriously intention of letting out this news is to thwart any infiltration with threat of potentially heavy payback:slowride:
     
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    stephen cohen Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Exactly ; Give them Sleepless Nights

    They must know that we are NOT done yet

    The Demonetisation took away the focus away from Pakistan

    But if something happens on the border ; we should be able to Hit them very hard
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Our Mi17V5s are quite good gunships too, they can carry Shturm,Ataka type ATGMs.

    These are cheap reliable systems .
     
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    Which 7.62x51 rifle are we talking about?
    What LMG?

    I'm not reading much into the purchase of ammo for vehicle/aircraft-borne guns. Ammo has a shelf life and we need to keep replenishing the stocks from time to time anyway.
     
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    I never understood why we only have a handful though, surely that's not enough. And considering how cheap they are, why not buy more?

    I know we've got Apaches on order now, but those are still some time away, so why not pick up a few cheap Mi-24's in the meantime.
     
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    Days after the September 18 Uri attack in which 19 Indian army soldiers were killed, the higher echelons of government went into a huddle. Military retaliation was among the options discussed by the cabinet committee on security. This was when the forces revealed to the government the critical voids in its ammunition reserves.
    The army was deficient in four to five critical items of ammunition. These included armour piercing fin stabilised discarding sabot (APFSDS) ammunition fired by its T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks for which it held just one day of war wastage reserves (WWR). Ammunition needed to meet war requirements during an operation is termed WWR. The IAF's Su-30 fighter jets and Mi-35 gunships also did not have ammunition. The revelations galvanised the political leadership into action. Bureaucratic channels were bypassed and emergency powers delegated to the vice-chiefs of the army and air force to push purchases. The MoD under defence minister Manohar Parrikar decided to fast-track imports.
    So, in late September, the MoD sent out empowered committees comprising a senior bureaucrat, an armed forces representative and a member of the defence finance wing with wishlists. The committees went to ammunition suppliers in Russia and Israel with indents for buying several million dollars worth of ammunition. The wishlists include rockets and gun ammunition for Mi-35 helicopter gunships and Su-30 fighter jets, 155 mm ammunition for the Bofors howitzers, and 125 mm APFSDS ammunition for the tank fleet.

    The urgency was evident in the indents-the MoD was willing to buy up existing stocks as well as off production lines. Factories were asked to identify time-frames of possible delivery, from 'immediate', within 'one month', 'two months' and 'three months'. Army officials confirmed that several contracts had been finalised and deliveries of ammunition had begun. The value of the contracts is estimated to be close to Rs 5,000 crore, just for ammunition. "The purchases are easily the largest fast-track procurements since Operation Parakram in 2001," says one official.



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    Fast-track purchases bypass the regular defence procurement procedure (DPP), a tedious process which takes 5-8 years. Fast-track procedures (FTP) telescope the regular acquisition process, which takes up to a decade, into just nine months.


    FTP was first introduced in the 2002 DPP manual which guides India's military buying. The 2016 manual extended FTP to apply to items "where undue/unforeseen delay... seem to be adversely impacting the capacity and preparedness of the regular and special forces".

    The special forces which conducted surgical strikes across the LoC on September 29, have especially come in for attention. Requirements for limited quantities of assault rifles, thermal imagers, light machine guns and rocket launchers (see box: The Quick Draw) have been put in for them. Procurements like those for imported anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) for the weaponised variants of the Dhruv advanced light helicopter are also being fast-tracked. Through FTPs, senior army officials say, they plan to push up war stocks to cater to 10 days of intense war fighting, eventually building up to 14 days worth of stock. No one is talking war just yet. Not even in the currently tense security situation following the surgical strikes. Restocking, the military says, gives it the flexibility, endurance and confidence in logistics for its operational plans should a contingency arise. "It increases the number of options available to us," one general says. The army hopes to make good its shortfalls within the next three months. "War endurance for the stipulated period is necessary to deal with all possible operational contingencies and especially for creating military conditions, through strategic offensive manoeuvres that ultimately contribute to the realisation of political ends," says former army chief General Bikram Singh.

    WHY THE SHORTAGES?

    The MoD's notoriously inefficient procurement process is to blame for acquisition delays. It takes the ministry at least seven years to buy new weapon systems. The army, which has found itself unable to acquire even basic items like assault rifles, ballistic helmets and bulletproof jackets for its troops, also shares some of the blame. Ammunition purchases are on the slow track. In May last year, a CAG report tabled in Parliament put the army's WWR stocks at less than half the mandate calling for 40 days intense fighting. The WWR concept, first approved by the government in April 1979, stipulated a national stockpile of ammunition required to fight a battle for a 30-day intense period and another 30 days at the normal rate. The WWR scales were revised in October 2010 to cater for 40 days 'intense fighting'.

    A 2015 report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on ammunition management covered the years between 2008 and 2013. An ammunition roadmap drawn up by the Indian army in 2012 for building up stock to 50 per cent by March 2015 and 100 per cent by 2019 failed. Stocking even at the minimum acceptable risk level (MARL) of 20 days was not ensured. Nearly 74 per cent of ammunition (125 out of 170 types) reserves were below MARL levels as of March 2013. This had seriously impacted the operational preparedness of the army because the void had grown from 15 per cent in 2009 to 50 per cent by March 2013. High caliber ammunition-used by the 155 mm Bofors artillery guns-made up nearly 84 per cent of the shortage in the five-year period.


    Senior army officials, however, say stocking 40-day WWR scales is simply unrealistic. "We have neither the storage capacity nor the land to store such vast ammunition stocks," says a senior army officer. This possibly explains why the armed forces, with their current round of purchases, are only pushing to meet a requirement of stocks for the minimum 14 days of intense war fighting.

    The CAG report attributed the reasons for the failure to build the 40 days 'intense fighting' WWR to budgetary constraints and also to inadequate production capacity within the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). The OFB has repeatedly failed to meet targets despite the fact that 10 of its 41 factories are exclusively devoted to producing ammunition and explosives. One reason frequently cited by the OFB for delays is that they are never given adequate time to procure raw material and streamline production. Even this excuse has been exposed now. The MoD placed a five-year order for ammunition to the OFB in January 2010 but it could meet just over 70 per cent of the army's requirements.

    Another major reason for the low ammo stocks is slow imports. The CAG report found that no ammunition procurement took place for nine items of ammunition identified for import between 2008 and 2013. The reasons ranged from a single vendor situation, complexities in transfer of technology, delay in finalisation of qualitative requirements to delays in finalising import contracts. Still more worrisome is the fact that the fast-track purchases have been anything but. Sometimes, they take as long as purchases through the regular procurement route. Fast-track purchases contracted during the Kargil war, arrived long after the conflict had ended. This continued even during Operation Parakram in 2001-'02. A 2006 CAG report noted how fast-track purchases which were to have come in 12 months arrived only after four years. If the MoD has learnt anything from the past, the current round could be different.

    @Gessler

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...ion-procurement-indian-army-cag/1/796684.html
     
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